Fagan's book illustrates challenges faced by gay athletes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
She just wanted to play ball.
Toward that end, she convinced her mom to take her to Hot Cuts at Mohawk Mall in Niskayuna, a soon-to-be extinct clump of stores that would reappear years later as the big-box Mohawk Commons.
Then 8, and the only girl on her Little League baseball team, she asked for a short haircut, the better to accommodate a cap and batting helmet. And she got one. Like, short short.

Eagle Crest owner dominates seniors

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Bill Paulsen Jr. owns his own golf course, but he plays some of his best rounds away from home. The general manager/owner of Eagle Crest Golf Club won his sixth straight Saratoga County Amateur senior division crown last weekend with a 73 at The Edison Club to win by seven shots. The opening round, scheduled for his own course, was rained out.

Inmates, horses getting second chances

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Dax Rodriguez is 43 and has spent almost half his life in prison for attempted murder. “Cold-hearted … callous … calculated. I didn’t care about nobody or nothing,” is how the Bronx native described himself on Thursday.

Rise in electrical demand taxes grid

Saturday, June 21, 2014
The accumulated demands on New York state’s electric power grid are growing — and we have ourselves to thank.

The man with the elaborate signature

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Francis E. Spinner, the nineteenth century U.S. Treasurer who developed an elaborate signature to prevent counterfeiting of currency, spent time in his youth apprenticed to saddle and harness maker David DeForest in Amsterdam.

Podlaski's mantra: Walk, don't run

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Walking is so simple.
One foot in front of the other. Easy game.
Walking just got much more complicated for Meaghan Podlaski.

Musical offerings come in pairs this week

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Stuff happens twice this week: two big MASS MoCa shows, two Van Dyck guitar shows, a double-named band at the Low Beat, a married duo at The Egg, two stars we might not expect to see together at the Palace, two very different divas, and two unusual instrumental quartets.

Peck's Lake once again big winner for writers

Thursday, June 19, 2014
When Schenectady’s famous NBA player and coach Pat Riley coined the phrase “three-peat,” he was referring to his team’s three successive NBA championships. The phrase could also be used by the 15 New York State Outdoor Writers who were guests of Fulton County Tourism and Peck’s Lake last month.

Friendly’s bids for comeback

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friendly's, the family restaurant chain founded by a pair of brothers in Massachusetts nearly 80 years ago, is trying to right itself after a tough couple of decades best remembered for corporate infighting, a succession of new owners, abrupt closings and a quick trip to bankruptcy court.

Even in the U.S., soccer is unifying

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I started my day on Monday by listening to some genius call Martin Kaymer a Nazi. It’s the kind of moment that gets me humming “I’m-proud to-be an-American.” Like, really sarcastically.

ALS tourney's future uncertain

Monday, June 16, 2014
One of the most successful charity golf tournaments in the Capital Region is going through a transition phase. The 24th annual ALS Mem­orial has raised an almost unbelievable $1,378,000 in net proceeds for the ALS Regional Center at St. Peter’s Hospital, including $127,000 last year, but co-chairman Scott Daly is concerned about what will happen after this year’s popular event is held June 25 at Van Patten Golf Course.

Nothing like OT with Cup on line

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Oh, man, I love this. It’s so hockey, the way these names skitter across your eyes and carom to weird, dangerous places, only to stop on the doorstep of a little miniature snow fort.

NCAA playing defense

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Do you know what NIL is?
If your answer is “what Cameroon scored against Mexico on Friday,” nice try, but that’s not what I was looking for.
While everyone has been immersed in the attention-grabbing swarm of World Cup, Stanley Cup, NBA championship, U.S. Open or some combination thereof, the Trial of the Century began on Monday. No, really.
On the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson Trial of the Century, we only had to wait 14 years for the 21st century’s version.
What, you hadn’t heard?

Reporter Donlon preserved Amsterdam history

Saturday, June 14, 2014
The deck was stacked against reporter and historian Hugh P. Donlon of Amsterdam in the 1930s.

Charging stations added at Albany International Airport

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Albany International Airport has rolled out new services for people driving electric cars or who are heading for the cheese shops and ski slopes of Vermont.

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